Sunday, December 28, 2008

Last Review of Pluto in Sagittarius

work in progress ...

take this and apply it to Capricorn to anticipate the magnitude of change in matters ruled by Capricorn ...

Pluto, the planet of transformation, has been moving slowly through the sign of Sagittarius since January 17, 1995. It will leave Sagittarius for good on November 27, 2008. This article updates my predictions from 1995 and allows you to see the magnitude of change that will becoming in Capricorniian areas for the next sixteen year.

I predicted:
Mental health is a major issue on the Gemini/Sagittarius axis, as it is with the other mutable signs, Virgo and Pisces. As contrasted with depression and psychosis which are "water" conditions, the sorts of problems that arise on the Gemini/Sagittarius axis are specifically conditions that result from trying to manage an unmanageable environment with the mind. Autism and schizophrenia are dramatic examples. Learning disabilities and hyperactivity are less dramatic examples.

The nature of the problem could be described as an inability to regulate the amount of information which arrives at the brain for processing. In the case of autism, the mechanism seems to shut down. In learning abilities, frustration results along with confusion.

In schizophrenia, the child may have been confronted with a split in the outer world, the home environment.

A good breeding ground for the kind of mental illness found on the Gemini/Sagittarius axis would be parents of different ethnic, cultural, income, educational or religious backgrounds and the lack of a good mediation, such as the presence of an understanding grandparent. Colloquially we like to say such things "make us crazy" and indeed, such things do.

Often differences become exaggerated as the honeymoon stage of marriage draws to an end and the real work of marriage and child rearing begins.

"My mother says I will go to hell if I don't go to church every Sunday and my father says only idiots believe s--- like that." These kinds of things "drive us crazy" as a kid.

Or, after the divorce ;-), Daddy says his new boyfriend is a worthwhile and caring individual. "Mom says the Devil has gotten hold of Dad and not to go near that evil man living with him."

You can easily understand that in order to survive, the child may need to become "two different people". But there are many reasons why people can become split and not always to such a harmful degree as schizophrenia.

We can put this humorously: everyone knows that Geminis are really two different people and that Sagittarians are only around half the time!

What happened:
Mental health issues were highlighted in the trial of Andrea Yates who drowned her four chldren iin the bathtub in 2001. Post partum depression is supposedly difficult to prove ... as if anyone needed to prove she is insane. The behavior of Tommy Ray Brent Marsh with his Tri-State Crematory where hundreds of rotting bodies were found by police investigators on a tip in 2002 will likely open up some areas of speculation regarding mental health as well.

Mental health issues were also in the news when the Supreme Court recently ruled that people with very low IQs could not be given the death sentence because they were not capable of assisting in their own defense and could not grasp abstract concepts such as Miranda rights and death.

The incidence of autism has increased 263% in the State of California over the past 11 years and everyone wants to know why.

Other things ruled by these two signs are short and long trips, other cultures, language and language acquisition, the school years, communication, meditation, education, beliefs (about God), belief systems (such as religions or physics), breathing, asthma, "the way your mind works", large animals, farm animals, wild animals, zoos, evolution, ethics, philosophy, law and mythology (someone else's religion).

I gave a talk at San Diego's Better Worlde Galeria in Mission Hills, California when Pluto first went in to the sign of Sagittarius in early 1995. Although I seem to have temporarily lost the paper, these are some of my conclusions as to what issues would be highlighted during this time period.

I predicted:
NATURAL HEALING I'll develop these ideas further, as time permits, but the Benedictine monks began to flourish when Pluto was formerly in Sagittarius and at other times alternative healing became pronounced under this transit. Not only did the monks work side by side with St. Bernard dogs (interspecies cooperation), they used herbs and other remedies for healing. Jesus Christ, the healer (and teacher) was born under this transit.

I predicted:

IMMIGRATION The changes here have just begun, although there has been continuing pressure in this area of our society for many years

I predicted:
SLAVERY The period in history where slave trade flourished was when Pluto was in Sagittarius. I consider slavery a 9th house issue also because its success depended on the cooperation of three races: Arabs, Whites and Blacks. This is perhaps the only time in the world when these three groups cooperated on anything. If you are not aware of this, blacks living along the shores of Africa, betrayed their brethren from central Africa into the hands of Arab traders. No white person or Arab could possibly have penetrated the African landscape at that time due to disease, wild animals and other brutal conditions of nature.

What happened:
It was front page news in 1999 that Thomas Jefferson had a black mistress for many years.

At the death of Strom Thurmond in 2003, speculation continues as to his relationship with a black woman and a child of that relationship, purported to be a 70 year old widow now living in California who will never comment on these speculations.

Just as Pluto completed its overhaul of Sagittarius in November 2008, an African-American was elected 44th president of the United States, Barrack Hussein Obama. How's that for transformation?

The connection between immigration annd slavery is made cogently by MA Hadley Ajana in Voices on the Run: What the Slave Narratives Can Tell Us about The Immigration Debate,.

I predicted:
CROSS CULTURAL ISSUES Cross cultural issues have been exacerbated by racial and ethnic profiling that followed 9-11, as well as by mutual discrimination between Muslims, Jews and Christians.

What happened:
SARS and AIDS continue to unite the world in the worst way possible.

The fall 2008 collapse of the world economy [based on poor ethics among other things] has us truly interelated in complex ways, Chimerica being a good example. Hmmm, the invisible ties that bind.

I predicted:
I have expected public opinion to move from Israel during this time period.

I predicted:
LANGUAGE I expect a politically INcorrect backlash. Our language has become so full of euphemism and so watered down by circumlocution, that a reaction is bound to occur during this transit. There will also be heated debate as to what our national language is.

What happened:
A document about Spelling Bees was a big hit in the summer of 2003, for good reason. It was an utterly charming movie.

I predicted:
EDUCATION This will be the most besieged and ultimately transformed profession in the world for another ten years.

  • violence in the classroom

  • violence on campus

  • tenure

  • status - traditionally this profession has been high in influence and low in status

  • changing expectations for the role of teacher

  • computer and home schooling

  • ethics in the classroom

What happened:
April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold arrived at Columbine High Schoolfor a assacre.

The week of Valentine's Day 2003 there was an article of national interest about a teacher in the Midwest who resigned when the principal refused to back her up after she caught children in her class cheating.

During summer 2003 we heard in the news about the college professor with the criminal record (he killed someone in cold blood in his early teens) - in the process, we all learned that colleges are notoriously bad at checking back references.

April 16, 2007, Seung Hui- Cho killed 32 people and wounded many others before turning the gun on himself. According to wiki, "The massacre remains the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in United States history, on or off a school campus."

All would agree there has been a proliferation of online learning.

I predicted:
ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION Overcrowding and her minions ...

  • asthma

  • irritability

  • allergies

  • phobias

  • nervousness

  • "nerves"

  • "space"

  • pollution

What happened:
There is a rise in asthma in children -- it is environmental, not physiological ;-) but that's for us to know and them to find out.

By 2008 Global Warming is finallly taken seriously.

On November 20, 2008, 7 days before leaving Pluto leaves Sagittarius, Rep. Henry A, Waxman of California, an advocate of stiff measures against global warming, replaced Michigan Rep. John D, Dingell as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

AIR TRAVEL Well, the impact is already staggering. Soon it will take longer to get across town to the airport and wait in line than it will take to complete a transatlantic flight.

An interesting case in the late 90s involved a woman who was denied the right to take her asthma inhaler onboard at the gate after having been guaranteed the right over the phone when booking the flight. She died shortly after landing at her destination. This is the first time an airline has been held responsible for the baggage matters.

Southwest Airlines came under a public relations storm for their policy on obesity .

According to the BBC, in March 2004 "a two-year-old boy was escorted off a British Airways plane along with his grandparents after he had a tantrum just before take-off.

T"he family of Marcello Ferrand, from Kensal Rise, north-west London say he panicked after the aircraft crew tried to fit him with a seatbelt. blah blah blah"

We are seeing the near demise of some airlines and the big-3 car companinees while prices plummet on airfare and cruises.

IMMIGRATION AND REDISTRIBUTION OF POPULATION The migration patterns of groups throughout history has had major impact on culture, language, religion, resources and power. Today the computer is providing an environment where more and more people can live wherever they want and "work from home".

When census reports were released in 2002 showing that for the first time more people left California than moved to it ... we might consider that the virtual end of the westward migration and displacement of peoples which began with the Mongols in the early 1200s had finally come to a close.

As Pluto leaves Sagittariius, in 2007, a very sympathetic movie was made about the life of Genghis Khan and his Mongol hordes, called Mongol by Khabarovskia Sergei Bodrov following the book by publishedin 2005, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford. In 2008 the movie Genghis Khan was released by director Henry Levin.

GENOCIDE AND RACIAL PURGING/INTERNATIONAL LAW The third trial for genocide and war crimes in the history of the world is underway at the Hague, the trial of Slobodan Milosevic.

Here are some good websites to refresh on the history of the events leading up to the trial.
Genocide (ruled by Sagittarius) is defined by the tribunal as "acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group".

January 15, 1999 is the date for the massacre at the Village of Racak
Saturn was at 27 Aries
Pluto was at 9 Sag

Why is there so much activity at 25-27 Aries/Libra ?? ... stay tuned for an attempt to answer this in the article on Princess Margaret, The Royals

Rwanda - the second international tribunal in history was established in Arusha, Tanzania, for cases resulting from the atrocities carried out in Rwanda in 1994.

Adolf Eichmann was tried in 1960 for his role in Nazi atrocities during World War II. Learn more: Interpreting Eichmann: Exploring the Significance of the Eichmann Trial by Hadley Ajana.

Click here to review PBS special online version
The little girl in the red coat - an example of meaningful coincidence or synchronicity

noise - boomboxes, curfews, regulation

  • as Pluto reaches the halfway point through Sagittarius, the cell phone problem on public transportation on the east coast and in public places everywhere is becoming a crisis

  • busy-ness - too many choices with lack of ability to prioritize, lack of morals, values

  • SPAM

    THE CELL QUESTION I love this issue because it combines so many Gemini/Sagittarian things. Driving with the cell phone is dangerous because, as any good astrologer knows, driving is a Sag. activity and talking on the phone is a Gemini activity. They use exactly opposite sides of the brain and can't be done at the same time without a great deal of brain development, which doesn't seem to be the case with many of the people I see engaged in this activity.

    It is an established fact that driving while using a cell phone is almost as dangerous (statistically) as driving under the influence. Iit is noww (208) out of law to drive without a handsfree in many states and etiquette films are flashed at mmmovie theaters to curb the inmates.

    The use of cell phones has also brought forward new questions of etiquette, a mutable sign issue.

    Geminis know all the rules and are very fussy about them but pretend they aren't
    Virgos are the Miss Manners

  • Sagittarians really were raised in the barnyard and if you don't like it, that's your problem, it doesn't bother them!

  • Pisces -- huh? they are delicate and exquisite by nature and often quite phobic about manners

    One reason that manners are changing so much right now, particularly in the work place, is because the generation now funneling into the workplace is the Pluto in Virgo generation. They will bring sweeping and transformative change to the way we think about work and how we do the work.

    Geminis don't like to be bored for a minute or alone with their own thoughts, which drive them crazy, basically. So, who's got the cell growing out of their ear? Gemini. And who wouldn't be caught dead with one? Sag.

    A Sagittarian I know considers them slave bracelets. It isn't all that far from micro chips, she feels.

    I leave you with this thought: Gentlemen, how would you like your wife to slip a microchip in you when you're not looking?

    John Forbes Nash, Jr. won the Nobel Prize in Economics

  • he is equally well know as of late for the mental illness he experienced after his Saturn Return, at 31

  • the movie version of the book about John Nash, A Beautiful Mind, hits the public just as Pluto transits Nash's own natal Saturn (see stills from the movie)

  • mental health issues are also at the core of the Yates trial and certainly at the core of the Marsh indictment

    "Now I must arrive at the time of my change from scientific rationality of thinking into the delusional thinking characteristic of persons who are psychiatrically diagnosed as "schizophrenic" or "paranoid schizophrenic". But I will not really attempt to describe this long period of time but rather avoid embarrassment by simply omitting to give the details of truly personal type. " [from Nash's Nobel acceptance speech]

    John Nash was born June 13, 1928. He was given the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994. He has two planets in Gemini and one in Sagittarius but they are very important planets. His Sun is in Gemini conjunct Venus. These planets are opposed by his Saturn in Sagittarius. Moreover, the Moon Nodes are in Gemini/Sag.

In his own words at his Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, Nash states, "The mental disturbances originated in the early months of 1959 at a time when Alicia happened to be pregnant." The dead giveaway here is the word "happened". Learn to not skip over things like this. We'll return to this later in the interpretation.

Nash says further in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech: "So at the present time I seem to be thinking rationally again in the style that is characteristic of scientists. However this is not entirely a matter of joy as if someone returned from physical disability to good physical health. One aspect of this is that rationality of thought imposes a limit on a person's concept of his relation to the cosmos. For example, a non-Zoroastrian could think of Zarathustra as simply a madman who led millions of naive followers to adopt a cult of ritual fire worship. But without his "madness" Zarathustra would necessarily have been only another of the millions or billions of human individuals who have lived and then been forgotten." [Emphasis mine.]

Read the speech for yourself.

He concludes:

"Statistically, it would seem improbable that any mathematician or scientist, at the age of 66, would be able through continued research efforts, to add much to his or her previous achievements. However I am still making the effort and it is conceivable that with the gap period of about 25 years of partially deluded thinking providing a sort of vacation my situation may be atypical. Thus I have hopes of being able to achieve something of value through my current studies or with any new ideas that come in the future."

Read the complete speech @ Nobel Acceptance Speech for 1994 in Economics (Official Site)

It is easy enough to jest at this movie, as the BBC does when it comments that math can be fun.
Perhaps when Nash's wife got pregnant, this was confusing to him.
Sun/Venus opposite Saturn @ 15 Sag RMoon/Mars/Jupiter/Uranus square Mercury/Pluto
South Node at 8 Sagittarius; North Node at 8 Gemini This is conjunct the very negative Fixed Star Aldebaran (responsible position and danger of violence).

This seems to be a critical degree. It features prominently in the charts of Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln. Click here.

Neptune trine Jupiter

Nash has many of the characteristics of genius (click here), including a lack of social skill which is remarked on by everyone. He seems to have been a very strange character.

TERRORISM Travel and terrorism go hand in hand as Pluto goes through Sagittarius, because terrorism is multi-national. Terrorism is actually the "keynote" of Pluto in Sagittarius.

The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham was used as a meeting-place for civil rights leaders such as MarTin Luther King,. core usd it as headquarters to register African-American votters. On Sunday, 15th September, 1963 it was bombed. Four little African-American girls were killed. It seemed the perpetrator would escape justice until the case was reopened in 1995.

The Westboro Baptist Church in was bombed August 10, 1995 in retalilation for gay rights.

The Oklahoma City bombing was a domestic terrorist attack On April 19, 1995 the Oklahoma City bombing was a domestic terrorist attack aimed at the US government when the target being the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. According to wiki, the attack claimed 168 lives and left over 800 people injured. It was the first major terrorist attack and until the 9/11, it was the deadliest act of terrorism on U.S. soil.

This mix of religion and bombings reached an apex September 11, 2001 with Al-Qaeda's attack on New York's Twin Towers. Almost 3,000 people died.

RENEWED INTEREST IN ROYALS With the baby boomers reaching their mid50s, "history" is beginning to fall into place regarding the events that preceded World War II. Most of this generation were born during the war years in the early 1940s.

Vanity Fair magazine recently had a 50 page spread on "the Modern Royals". It tracked the royal houses of the European countries and Russia, many of whom had been deposed in the first half of the century, to find what they are about today and to suggest that perhaps there is/was a use for royalty after all. (The article was written by Prince Michael of Greece.) Sagittarius is the royal sign.

Writing in 2008, certainly England has produced Prince Charming incarnate in William.

ANIMAL RIGHTS Sagittarius rules bigger animals and activities such as dog breeding, animal husbandry, animal control, education about pet care and apparently, reverse snobbery (are you fit to own a pet?)

An interesting book to read about this topic is "A Crowded Ark"

Also see page on large animals in the news

OPERA It's multi-cultural. For over a century people from all over the world have cooperated with one another to produce Grand Opera. We have been seeing a global upsurge in opera attendance.

By the way, I did a survey not too long ago on composer and most of them have Gemini prominently in their charts.

ALPHA PERSON The mutable person is the Alpha Person in the 21st Century. The mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. Mutable signs will thrive because they

  • speak other languages easily

  • they naturally play the roles of financial and information brokers, interpreters and guides

  • deal well with the ra te of change

  • adapt easily - nomads, traders \

  • Am I My Brother's Keeper

Cain the Farmer, the first born, the murderer and Abel, the shepherd, the second born ...

And Cain said to Abel his brother, "Let us go out to the field." And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said, "I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?" And the Lord said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to me from the ground."

SIBLINGS We will see more news and discoveries about sibling relationships. The American Psychiatry Association has had some articles about the profound influence of these relationships. If you wonder ... try calling your sister by her real name and see how your feelings may change.

The Younger Sister, Margaret Rose

Cain and Abel is grotesquely reversed a sibling is genetically engineered and given birth to save the life of a terminally ill older child

siblings abuse their parents due to sibling rivalry during the parents' declining years (over inheritance, etc.) - stories like this have been hitting the news

The Royal Tannebaums features a doomed love between siblings who are "not really siblings"
who can forget seeing Uday and Qusay Hussein laid out by the mortician - these brothers featured large in the news during the summer of 2003 .

The Bijani conjoined twins won hearts all over the world as they made their hopeful but heart-rending visit to Raffles Hospital in Hong Kong early in 2003.

RACE, RELIGION AND LARGE ANIMALS AND MORE Click here to look further with Nancy at recent stories in the news that bring these Sagittarian issues forward.

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